Pembroke: Voters approve $5.5 million to replace school roofs

In a special election Saturday, Pembroke voters overwhelmingly approved spending $5.5 million dollars to replace leaky roofs on four of its five schools. The total project will cost more than eleven million dollars, but the state has agreed to pay 52 percent. The school committee touted that as a good deal and voters agreed.

A total of 1,282 voters came to the town’s five precincts, 1,171 voting Yes, 214 voting No. That’s 85 percent Yes. The voter turnout was 11 percent, a number Town Clerk Mary Ann Smith called good given a Saturday election in bitter cold weather and with only one issue on the ballot.

In addition to replacing the roofs, the project will repair damage to walls and windows caused by the leaks. The work will begin at the end of the school year.

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About Charles Mathewson

Charles Mathewson worked in print journalism for more than two decades as a reporter and editor, and has won several regional and national awards. He resides in Plymouth where he writes fiction and paints, when not producing award-winning news as a reporter for WATD.